Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Some trees are ahead of others

Taken along Sudbury Road near Heath's Bridge, in Concord MA:

Friday, October 22, 2010

A couple of flowers

Here are two flower photos that I recently submitted for photo club competition. The tulip, seemingly only minutes away from popping, was taken a year ago along our house foundation.  The lady slipper was growing wild in the woods near an old railroad trail within walking distance of the house.  (Scores were 29 and 27, out of a possible 30).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

After today's storm blew through

This afternoon a weather front came through our area bringing rain and very dark clouds.  As I was driving home at 4 pm traveling west, the front moved east past me, leaving blue sky overhead. 

Looking for a nice picture, this is the best I could  find (below).  I drove a slight detour to Great Brook Farm in Carlisle and took this picture facing east toward the farm.  You can see the storm front in the distance, as it was moving away from me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My favorite old cribbage board

In the basement, I just re-discovered my old ski cribbage board, pictured below.  I lost track of it when we moved five years ago, but found it in one of the many boxes still to be unpacked.  (Too much stuff?)

The story behind this is that my brother build at least two of these out of a broken K2 Competition ski, sometime back in the early 1970's when we were both working part-time at Edelweiss Ski Shop (no longer in operation) in Reading, Mass. 

K2 skis were built originally in Washington state by the K2 Ski Company which was founded by two brothers in the early 1960's.  Along with the French company Rossignol, K2 built some of the earliest skiable fiberglass skis. I never owned a pair and instead developed a fondness for Rossignol skis.  In fact, until I bought a pair of Volkl skis last season, I had been skiing Rossignols since 1970.

Rich will correct me if I am wrong, but I think he was able to use the shop's drill-press to make the perfect holes.  And each hole is counter-sunk to make the entry points for the pegs smooth.

I think Rich should start a cottage business.  He could call it The Old Ski Cribbage Board Company

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas already?

I was shocked to see these two catalogs in the mail this past week.  The third image was taken Saturday at Home Depot.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Fishing on the Miller's River [2010Oct10]

Well, the fishing wasn't too good last Sunday. One little fish.  Basically a minnow.  The leaves were turning, however, though a bit behind schedule based on past years' fishing days over the Columbus Day Weekend.

Below is the leaf covered pathway I use to get to one of my "spots" in the town of Miller's Falls.  This is just before the river, flowing west, enters the Connecticut River.  The other two shots were taken in two spots upriver, the first in an area called Farley Flats in the town of Erving and the second in an area called Orcut Pool in the town of Wendell.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kimball Farm in Jaffrey, NH and the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough [2010Oct9]

Kimball Farm is well known for its ice cream stand in Westford.  But they also have a very nice facility in Jaffrey, NH (as well as a small stand in Carlisle).  Last weekend was Columbus Day weekend, and we thought a leaf-peeping drive to Kimball's for lunch would be a fun thing. 

There is an inside restaurant. It's basic sandwich fare.  But, we elected to eat outside at the picnic tables, with a view toward Mt. Monadnock.  I was testing a new compact camera and decided it recorded pretty nice color (first picture below).  On a good monitor, the catsup will be red; otherwise, it may look a bit orange.

After lunch we drove to one of our favorite bookstores, the Toadstool Bookstore and Cafe, in Peterborough, a few miles north of Jaffrey.

A few photos:

The Kimball's crinkly-cut fries were delicious, as was everything else, even the wedge of post-season watermelon!  Next time I will get a side order of fries because they were so good, but will also throw a bottle of TUMS into the car.  It will be worth it!

Mt. Monadnock is behind the sign, a bit cut off at the peak.

They actually have a nice collection of rusty old farm equipment... if you like that sort of thing.

Playing around with the camera's 24mm wide angle lens:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sailing out of Manchester-by-the-Sea [2010Oct10]

Last Friday a friend from my photo club invited me to go out for a day-sail on his 42 foot Hickley sloop.  Other than a sail this summer on basically a rowing dory with a single small sail, this was my first time sailing in 35 years.  Back then, I was sailing during the summer on boats ranging from 14 feet to 55 feet, and I loved it.

It was great to get back at it, especially with some of the up-to-date gear, such as power-assisted winches and a mainsail that rolls itself into the mast for reefing or for storing at the end of the day.  No more dropping the mainsail and struggling to furl and cover it.

I have posted a few images below, and I have also put 9 images on my Web site: You'll be able to see me in a really dorky hat that my dermatologist would approve of, and a picture of my host (on the left) and the one other passanger (on the right).  Access the gallery on the Web site with this link:

Caught up in the sailing, I unfortunately didn't take any pictures under sail, except the second one below.  Can you see the Boston skyline in the distance (about the middle of the picture)?


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mystic Seaport - Part 2: Random shots

Some of these images made me smile.  The Blubber Room is within the old whaling ship the Morgan which is dry docked and being refurbished (the first image in yesterday's post). 

The schooner in two images below is an old fishing vessel, but it is not the whaling ship.

I loved seeing the old truck and motorcycle.  Certainly, they did not fit the general theme of 19th century seacoast living.  They looked in great condition.  The artisan you see is a Cooper, a barrel maker.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mystic Seaport - Part 1

A couple of Fridays ago Laurie and I spent the day at Mystic Seaport, Mystic Connecticut.  It was her birthday and the trip was a little surprise outing for the day.  Mystic is a living museum about life on the seacoast in the (generally) mid-1800's.  They don't completely stay true to that time period, but you'll get the idea if you view the boat/ship photos I have posted below:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Now that's a cupcake!

I wish we lived closer to Wakefield or Winchester!  (By the way, since the company itself calls this carrot cake cupcake a "muffin", I was able to eat it at a reasonable hour, like 10:30 am).

Check out their Web site: